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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: APRIL 5, 2002


Teaching candidates with a lateral entry license now have another option for pursuing full licensure and that is to utilize one of the states' three new regional alternative licensing centers. Located in Charlotte, Fayetteville and Nashville, these centers officially open for business on Monday, April 8.

The regional alternative licensing centers were created by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) specifically to help lateral entry teachers in North Carolina achieve full licensure. The centers will assist teaching candidates by evaluating their applications, prescribing a course of study, recommending requirements they need in order to receive full licensure, and clearing the license so that they become fully licensed. Candidates can take the necessary coursework at any of the state's colleges or universities.

State Superintendent Mike Ward said the regional alternative licensing centers complement what local universities and colleges provide teaching candidates - not replace it. "Over one-third of our teaching candidates come through the lateral entry program. Anything that we can do to facilitate the ability of these individuals to achieve full licensure benefits the public schools of this state."

The centers provide a number of benefits for lateral entry teachers including more consistent evaluations, evaluations targeted to the requirements the teacher needs to attain full licensure, flexibility as to where candidates can take their coursework, and training opportunities through local school systems to meet some of the licensing requirements.

The lateral entry program was developed by DPI to allow professionals in other careers to enter the teaching profession. Applicants for a lateral entry license must be employed by a North Carolina school system and hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the subject area in which they are employed.

For more information including center locations, please contact Kathy Sullivan, Human Resource Management, NC DPI, 919.807.3355.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.